“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
If you have read the story of Job before, you’ve probably noticed that Satan exits after chapter 2, but he doesn’t disappear. At this point, he realized Job was not budging. So the devil decided to change his strategy.
The devil is always planning his next move…which means if he isn’t winning in your life today, he’s already thinking about his strategy in your life tomorrow. Never forget, the devil only has three goals in your life: to kill, steal, and destroy you.
And his strategies are always changing when it comes to how he’s going to accomplish his goal in your life, in your marriage, in your family, in your church, and so on.
What strategy is the devil using on you today? If you had to map it out, what would it look like? How is he enticing you to sin? How is he tempting you and attempting to move you away from God? What bait is he dangling in front of you today?
The devil always puts his bait on a hook. And his goal is to reel you in and to pull you away from the will of God! In Job’s life, the devil worked in his circumstances, his family, and his physical body. He also whispered in Job’s ear to plant seeds of doubt through his wife and three of Job’s closest friends.
And he did all of that with one goal in mind: to get Job to turn his back on God. This is why it is important for you to understand the devil’s strategies. Ask yourself the questions above. If you have no idea how he is coming at you, how are you possibly going to stand against him?
When you begin to identify how the devil is attacking you and what he is using to bait you away from God, you will begin to know how to plan against his attack. What should I avoid? What should I stay away from so I am not tempted? How can I start my day with God so that I have His strength when the devil attacks me?
You need a plan, my friend! It’s time to identify the devil’s strategy and fight back!